Tuesday Re-mix –
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12-14
Change is inevitable. We can fight it, we can rebel against it, we can pretend it doesn’t exist. We can hide from it, we can curse it, we can cry out to God against it. But in God’s church, among God’s people, there will always be change…because this revolution Jesus called “my church” is in fact a living, breathing organism. And where there is life, there is necessarily growth…and where there is growth, there is [gulp!] CHANGE. Mark it down. It is an eternal truth.
Yet despite all of the scripture devoted to this truth and even in the face of thousands of years of evidence of it in the human experience, managing change among God’s people (i.e., in the church) remains one of the toughest leadership challenges around. I have never met a pastor who did not consider the ushering in of change to be one of his most difficult leadership tasks…ever. But if you were to come to the conclusion that God’s people just do not like change, I believe you would be …